Meet Our Team
Karen Visser, our fearless leader.
In 1996, Karen Visser started a small home-based interior decorating business. Ten years later she opened in Crestwood Mall and renamed the business Bella Casa Design Centre. Karen’s love for fine things prompted her to expand the business to include the finest bed linens and the most amazing kitchen accessories.
When Karen has a minute to spare you will always find her spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren Jack and Emmy. Her love for trying out new things has lead her to discover many new products, which she has brought into the store in order to better serve her clients. No matter how many years in the business or how many clients Karen has helped, she always gets excited to help them put their homes together. Every client deserves to have a beautiful space to call home.
"Our promise to you is to offer you the finest products and exceptional service.”
Elysia has a Bachelor's Degree majoring in Textile Sciences, as well as a Certificate with Distinction in Residential Interiors, both from the University of Alberta. Even at a young age she always had a passion for design, she loved creating fun colourful spaces and was always dreaming of the next project she could craft or the next room she could decorate.
Her favourite room to decorate is the bedroom. There are so many opportunities to add and layer different elements in a bedroom; bedding, drapes, area rugs, wallpaper, etc.
"Anything to do with textiles is right up my alley!"
In her spare time she like to tackle DIY home projects and travel and is currently enjoying the life of being a new mom.
Meet Marcy. Marcy has been with Bella Casa for 10 years and has been crowned our duvet queen. She loves to sell luxurious down duvets on the hottest day of the year, (contrary to popular belief a good duvet will actually keep you cooler on those hot summer nights).
Marcy loves the feedback we get from clients when they have tried out their new bedding and cannot thank us enough for how fabulous everything is. Being a part of making clients' bedroom dreams come true is always a good feeling. Outside of work Marcy has a true green thumb and is a huge fan of Edmonton in the summer. So many festivals and parks and sunny days to enjoy with her furry sidekick, Lulu.
This is Sabine. Sabine knows about everything to do with our kitchen gadgets, if you're looking for an odd gadget Sabine will know exactly where in the store it will be, and if we don't have it she knows which catalogue to find it in. A librarian by trade she makes sure we stay on top of organization and keeps our filing system in tip top shape.
During her spare time you can find Sabine traveling,
This is Sarah one of our Sales Associates and Design Assistants. Sarah is currently attending the Residential Interiors program at the University of Alberta. She loves helping clients with their bedroom blues; be it with helping them find the perfect duvet cover or figuring out which set of sheets will allow them to sleep comfortably through the night.
When she isn't helping our clients make their homes beautiful you can find her cooking up a storm and baking delicious treats before running off to play sports and coaching hockey.
Another one of our Sales Associates and Design Assistants, Amelia is in her final course at the University of Alberta: Residential Interiors Program and is really looking forward to graduating. Her love for interiors came at a very young age, she would always jump at the chance to help her mother rearrange her furniture. That love only deepened when she bought and flipped her first home.
Amelia's favourite part of the design process is picking the finishes and installation day, but she has a soft spot for living rooms; styling coffee tables, picking fabrics for draperies and upholstery and decorating shelves. When she's not at work you can find her tending her garden, reading another book, or planning her next getaway.
Meet Jacoba, our Marketing Guru and Design Assistant! Jacoba is currently finishing up her Residential Interiors program at the University of Alberta. Knowing she wanted to work in the design field Jacoba found the Residential Interiors program and launched into a career where she could help people create unique and beautiful interiors.
While Jacoba loves going through our many fabric books to find the right pattern for a client, kitchens hold a special place in her heart. It's the focal point of the home and there are so many components to work with inside a kitchen that she can let her design mind run wild. In her spare time she loves playing and watching sports and enjoys spending as much time as she can in the sun.